Emory Law Journal


It is often said that one of the great advantages of a federalist system is that states can operate as laboratories of democracy, experimenting with common law and statutory frameworks in ways that provide useful policy information to other states as well as the federal government. The utility of this framework is not limited to the common law or experiments by legislatures; it applies with equal, albeit underappreciated, force to matters of constitutional law. Thus, in a symposium dedicated to examining the meaning and future of the federal ¿unitary executive,¿ the experience of states¿almost all of which reject a unitary executive model¿warrants some inquiry.